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    • Church of the Assumption, December 2012
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Stay of Demolition for Church of the Assumption

Barring some Act of God, the Church of the Assumption will live to see 2013. At a hearing Tuesday, the very day a demolition permit went into effect for the historic…

    • Southeast by Southeast, mural at 7th and Emily streets by Shira Walinsky, December 2012.
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Southeast by Southeast: Public art meets refugee art therapy

Stand on the corner of 7th and Dudley streets, and you’re in South Philly. But step inside a storefront on the southeast corner, and you’re immersed in a colorful space that…

    • The Manayunk Bridge trail will connect the Cynwyd Heritage Trail and Schuylkill River Trail. | Photo Credit: Sarah Clark Stuart, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
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Philadelphia trail projects get a boost from state grants

Annual state funding came through for nearly a dozen regional trail projects late last month, and in Philadelphia that funding will make way for progress on three important trail additions. This…

    • Katie Wisniewski | courtesy of Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
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Day in the Life: Images from Philly Photo Day 2012 (part 2)

More than 1,800 people snapped Philly's picture for Philly Photo Day this year, sharing diverse depictions of an average Philadelphia day. As we did last year, Eyes on the Street is…

    • Robert Cocozza | courtesy of Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
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Day in the Life: Images from Philly Photo Day 2012

Over 1,800 photographs were submitted for this year's Philly Photo Day - more than double last year's participation - forming a diverse portrait of a day in the life of Philadelphia. …

    • Flavorhoods: Tacony Hoagie Trail
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Flavorhoods: Tacony Hoagie Trail

Philadelphia is a city of flavorhoods, packed with distinctive tastes, treats, and personality all their own. We’re setting out to explore some of the city's unique food assets – from specialty…

    • Bartram's Farm One Year Mark
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Bartram's Farm hits one-year mark, brings food sovereignty to Southwest Philadelphia

In its first year alone, Bartram’s Farm has built a crop field, greenhouse, community garden and orchard, grown 6,500 pounds of produce and held 21 weekly farmers markets. But more importantly,…

    • Garages on Lombard Street
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Five reasons why Philly shouldn't set parking minimums

In the last few weeks we’ve heard a lot about how City Council members are trying to roll back pieces of the city's newly minted zoning code, including a proposal…

    • Looking south from the new trail at Bartram's Garden to the Schuylkill River (and Sunoco beyond).
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See Bartram's Mile

Much of Lower Schuylkill’s ex-industrial landscape is rich with possibility, and perhaps no stretch is more compelling than the property adjacent to Bartram’s Garden, where the city is now planning…

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VOTE TODAY

"Vote as you please" on November 6 | League of Women Voters getting out the vote at Broad and Chestnut, October 1962 | Department of Records | PhillyHistory.org Today is Election…

    • Bartram's Mile and related trail and green space improvements. | PennPraxis/Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
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November 3-4: Bike and Walk Bartram's Mile

As I mentioned last week, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is working on plans for "Bartram's Mile," a new recreational trail segment along the western bank of the Schuylkill River connecting…

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Ortlieb's: 'I'll Miss You'

Any day now we anticipate that the Ortlieb's Brew House and Stock House in Northern Liberties will be demolished. As I wrote earlier this month, the demolition comes at the hands…

    • Satellite image of Sandy - click to see updated animated gif | Penn State Department of Meteorology
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Visualizing Sandy: Satellite images, flooding, crisis response, and wind

I've been staring at Sandy-related maps all morning. They're not only an amazing way to kill time while we wait this thing out, but they're an incredible resource for understanding the…

    • From NOAA: as of 2pm, Sunday, October 28: Coastal Watches/Warnings and 5-Day Track Forecast Cone Hurricane SANDY Advisory
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PSA: Prepare for Sandy

From NOAA: as of 2pm, Sunday, October 28: Coastal Watches/Warnings and 5-Day Track Forecast Cone Hurricane SANDY Advisory Whatever Sandy is - a tropical storm, hurricane, post-tropical cyclone, or Frankenstorm -…

    • Bartram's Garden, 54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard
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Explore Bartram's Mile

One of the big missing pieces in the city's recreational trail network is a good connection to Bartram's Garden. Thankfully that's about to change. At a series of events in the coming…

    • connectorbridge
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Regional Trail Updates: CSX Bridge complete, Port Richmond Trail in the works

In a busy few days for the city’s regional trail network, the Schuylkill River Park Connector Bridge opened to the public and partners broke ground on the Port Richmond Trail in…

    • 40th Street Methodist Episcopal Church, October 2012
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Last Days of 40th Street Methodist Episcopal Church

Across South 40th Street from The Fresh Grocer, tucked behind McDonald’s and The Radian, is Samuel Sloan’s little 40th Street Methodist Episcopal Church. But not for long. On a walk…

    • Mesh panel mockup on the roof of Lit Brothers.
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All Lit Up: Mesh mockup atop Lit Brothers

Lit Brothers could soon have large, animated digital ads on its roof as part of the Market East Commercial Advertising District. So, at the Historical Commission's request, a "media mesh" mockup…

    • The Architect's Newspaper hosted the panel on the city's mega-museums and their impact on smaller institutions at the Rosenbach Museum & Library.
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DesignPhiladelphia panel questions mega-museums

Philadelphia has been riding on the national bandwagon trend of tremendous cultural building and spending that boomed from roughly 1994 to 2008. With major museums and cultural institutions in place, Philadelphia,…

    • pmbc4 31-Webster St
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Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee's Clean Block Contest, Day 4

The Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee’s (PMBC) Annual Clean Block Contest wrapped up last week, and today Ainé Ardron-Doley, one of this year's contest judges, shares her final dispatch from the judge’s…

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